FIREWORKS will fill the Blackpool sky tonight as the World Championships get under way.
Canada will begin proceedings at 8.30pm as they look to win the prestigious title.
Four displays are planned for four consecutive Friday nights as GFA Pyro from Canada, Foti International from Australia and Rohr Fireworks from Germany battle it out.
Britain’s Kimbolton Fireworks are not competing for the trophy, but are scheduled to put on the final display as a celebratory performance on September 30.
Coun Graham Cain cabinet member for Tourism and Culture at Blackpool Council, said: “The World Fireworks Championships is a fantastic event that brings tens of thousands of visitors and residents to the resort every Friday throughout September to enjoy this great family event.
“We are delighted to announce it will return to four weekends this year and hope that it will encourage visitors to make a whole weekend of it.”
While competing in Blackpool, the Canadian GFA Pyro team is being filmed by the Discovery Channel for a new documentary to be aired next year on the digital channel.
To be in with a chance of taking home the crown, each country must come up with their very own vibrant pyrotechnics display and accompany it with music.
A spokesman for VisitBlackpool said: “The night begins at 7.30pm with and the display starts at 8.30pm.
“The best viewing point will be north of North Pier stretching back to the Metropole area.”